Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said he earned the nickname “Pot Roast” during a 2009 flight back from Seattle by former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Clint Ingram.
“It was dark on the plane, everybody was sleeping and the stewardess was saying, ‘pot roast, pot roast,’ and I raised my hand, as if that was my name,” Knighton said, per DenverBroncos.com. “The guy behind me (Ingram) was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to start calling you, ‘Pot Roast,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’
“It stuck with me, so I’m just glad I ordered that instead of shrimp alfredo.”
If the Broncos win the Super Bowl, the nickname could lead to something else for the 6-3, 335-pound 27-year-old.
“Well, yeah, we go out and win the Super Bowl, I’m pretty sure there’ll be something. Maybe a Chunky Soup commercial or something like that,” said Knighton.
Knighton, who played with the Jaguars in his first four NFL seasons, said if it wasn’t for his mom, he might not have ever been “Pot Roast.”
“I actually quit football my sophomore year, and wanted to play basketball,” Knighton said. “My mom dragged me back out on the field and said, ‘No, you belong on the football field.'”
“I’m glad I went back and played football,” he added.
He still uses some of the things he learned on the court when he plays football.
“I’m a trash talker. On the basketball court, I would say I’m like Rasheed Wallace,” Knighton said. “On the football field, I’ll get into it with guys, but I’m more trying to save my energy and not get into it, because O-linemen sometimes will get the last laugh, because they basically can do whatever they want to. There’s no rules for any guys on offense.”